The Innkeepers 2011

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(108) IMDb 5.5/10

After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees - Claire and Luke - are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England's most haunted hotels.

Starring:
Sara Paxton,Pat Healy
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Ti West
Starring Sara Paxton, Pat Healy
Supporting actors Kelly McGillis, George Riddle
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2013
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The Innkeepers' cover artwork is a little misleading (I haven't seen the trailer, so I can't comment on that). It shows a blooded hand ringing a bell, implying that this will be some sort of gore-fest. It isn't. It is however one of the slowest moving horror films ever. I use the term `horror' over supernatural because on the 2-3 parts of the film where it actually gets scary, the scenes would probably fit more with other, more mainstream popcorn horror films.

It's about two workers at an inn which is due to close in the next few days. The inn is supposedly haunted and they decide to try and prove the stories true before the building is finally shut for good.

Most of the film is character-building. The two youngsters play their parts well. They're endearing and easily-related to. The story progresses and the tension slowly mounts. Slowly. This is where the film could fall down for some. I've checked other reviews and it seems that people either love or hate the film. Some see it as not that much of a horror - more a slow-burning suspenseful ghost story, putting characters over gore. Others simply find it too slow to be scary and/or exciting.

I fall somewhere between the two. The characters and the way the actors portray them deserves credit and there is certainly an air of tension created. However, I would have liked a few more scares and a little more action somewhere along the way.

This film will find an audience, but whether you'll enjoy it will depend on how `fast-paced' you like your movies.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rob Simpson on 8 Nov. 2012
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The Innkeepers delivers perfectly on a human level. Whether Paxton and Healy are talking about the terrible customers and unbeknownst to them, the creepy harbingers of doom who occupy the second and third act, it all builds up to a crescendo. All these convergent threads make the innkeepers the antithesis to poorly scripted genre films the world over. The only saggy scene is when Claire (Paxton) goes out of the hotel and down the road to the coffee shop where Lena `everyone's least favourite mumblecore patron' Dunham works.

The mixed reception expresses this point perfectly; this is not a film for everyone. The Innkeepers is hard to digest, slow and lacking in the explicit allures of the genre. However at the same time, West is calling back to the period of classic cinema when horror wasn't just about the visceral immediate reaction, it was about something that lingered in the memory long after the closing credits. It was about people.

Ti West's Innkeepers is the antidote to the modern horror film to the point where I wouldn't really call it a horror film. Like all the best genre films, it's not the jumps or the scares that make these pictures stand the test of time. On the contrary it's the drama, the characters and the development and thanks to a witty script of brilliant tension, interaction and tragedy together with the fantastic low-key performances from Sara Paxton and Pat Healy. The Innkeepers is the antithesis to poorly scripted genre films the world over.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 19 Oct. 2012
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I actually really enjoyed this film; it's true that for long swathes of time very little happens, however Sara Paxton and Pat Healy excel as a pair of amateur ghost-hunters whose relationship is decidedly off-kilter, with Healy's bookish Luke almost professing his love (or perhaps just lust) for his lissome companion.
Director Ti West does very well with very little, and there are a handful-of scalp-prickling moments that may be derided by horror-movie afficionados but certainly worked on me!
I agree that the ending is a bit pat, however it did leave me with a fair few questions, and I think the film would bear repeated viewings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 12 Nov. 2012
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In this film two hotel workers spend their spare time investigating an old legend of a supposed haunting at the establishment where they work. Gradually they start to get signs that indicate they may indeed not be alone...

I find the hype surrounding this film quite mystifying. Although promising at the beginning with two central characters that don't seem initially to fit regular horror protagonists, they soon seem to dissolve into stupid fools doing illogical things that no real person would ever do, just to advance the increasingly lazy plot. I assume the extremely slow pace was an attempt to build a degree of tension, but I didn't find that was effective at all. It takes an age for not very much to happen and when it does I found myself expecting a lot more than what was offered. It is not that I have an attention span issue but for all the build up over the first hour of the film, the few fairly tame jumps do not pay off the amount of time you sit around waiting for something solid.
The two main actors are perfectly fine, but in the last third they start to do the moronic things that are a chronic problem in this kind of genre film - like glaring down into a dark basement and then continuing to go and have a look. When you have a capable cast, making them do stupid things like this is so frustrating as it undoes all the work up to that point and leaves them looking like the idiotic teens in a bad Friday 13th sequel.

The Innkeepers promised a lot, but is totally ruined by taking a long time to deliver virtually nothing. If you want a creepy hotel film, I would recommend watching The Shining instead.
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